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Feb 6, 2011 08:50 PM

Long Stem Strawberries?

Does anyone know where I can find long stem strawberries in the South Bay/Westside/LA? I've looked at Bristol Farms and Whole Foods (in MB/El Segundo respectively) to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. This may be tough this time of year. Strawbs are year around, but the cooler months usually brings out a pretty thin and not so great crop - I tend to see the long stems during the "real" strawberry season - approx. May-August in SoCal. I didn't see any at neither the Saturday Santa Monica FM on Arizona or the Sunday Mar Vista FM. I haven't been to the Hollywood FM in a while, and do recall quite a bit of strawb action there even in January/February. Another possible source might be Marina Farms on Centinela in the Del Rey/Playa Vista area. You might call them and ask about availability.

    Marina Farms
    5454 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

    4 Replies
    1. re: bulavinaka

      One would think they would be available somewhere with V-day coming up so soon, but my is it an impossible task! Thank you for the suggestions, though. I will definitely check them out. :)

      1. re: PomsMoms

        I'm not sure about during regular strawberry season, but I'd think that those big long-stems are probably a hot house item at this time of year. They're sure to draw a premium price. You bring up a great point that with V-day around the corner, there must be bakeries, etc., that will demand such an item. Good luck and please report back!

        1. re: bulavinaka

          You're probably right about big long-stems being grown in green houses. It's too cold for strawberries in most of the US right now. While I've actually harvested a handful of strawberries from my garden in January, they tend to be small and short on flavor. If they need to flown in from the Southern Hemisphere, I'm guessing they'll be on the unripe side in order to prevent them from getting crushed.

      2. re: bulavinaka

        Ah the joys of living in OC. Any strawberry field has long stemmed strawberries and they've been available for weeks now.

      3. I've seen them in the past at Gelson's. I was actually looking for a source that might have them cheaper.

        1. Check Trader Joes. Saw them at the Hollywood/Vine location last night.

          1. I used to work at Trader Joe's in Torrance and we always had them around V.D. Maybe it's a little early---check closer to the weekend.

            1. I just picked up some really big sweet strawberries at Costco. Not long stem. They were perfect size for dipping. Good luck!